Freshman Congressman Jeff Duncan on the Budget Control Act

August 1, 2011
Press Release

7/29/11

Washington, DC—Freshman Congressman Jeff Duncan released the following statement regarding the passage of the Speaker’s debt limit plan, the Budget Control Act:

“Throughout the debt ceiling debate, Washington asked for a deal while Americans wanted a solution. Today Washington got their deal.”

“While the Speaker’s plan is well intentioned, I believe we have to do more.  Paltry cuts and another commission won’t bring about the types of serious structural reforms needed to save the nation’s credit rating.  As a husband, father of three, and a former small business owner I understand the importance of compromise.  But, $14 trillion in debt, we’re at a point in our nation’s history where a compromise that doesn’t solve our debt crisis is simply dangerous.  Before we raise the debt ceiling we need to first enact revolutionary spending reforms like a balanced budget amendment to solve our nation’s debt crisis and turn deficits into surpluses.”

“I appreciate Speaker Boehner’s willingness to fight Washington’s spending addiction, and though I don’t support his approach, I understand why he took this step.”

“This week I’ve heard from hundreds of constituents who oppose raising the debt ceiling without first adopting significant spending reforms.  I apologize to my constituents for being unable to convince more lawmakers to join the cause of demanding permanent spending reform.  Even though I’ve only been in Congress for seven months, I can already tell you that Washington will never voluntarily make significant cuts to spending.  That’s why we need to first pass a Balanced Budget Amendment that forces Washington to live within its means.”

 

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